I may be misreading your question. Dingy theft is likely the most common type of theft that many sailors face along with loose crap left on the deck
. The dingy outboard
is easily transportable and relatively valuable and generally the target. To choose oars or sail as an alternative to the outboard
to avoid theft may not be the most practical strategy.
There is what may be called the four fifths rule
. You buy gear
for what you are doing four fifths of the time. If most of your dingy work is rowing from the marina dingy dock
to a mooring
field, maybe a couple of hundred yards twice per weekend in sheltered water
then oars may be practical. Likewise if you are a hard core
sailor like the Pardey's then rowing may be for you. But if you are going to be cruising in the Bahamas
or using your dingy daily as a dive platform or gunk holing boat then oars are impractical.
I would offer that the cruising dingy needs to be big enough to take a motor
that will plane the dingy with every member
of the crew on board or one person and one weeks provisions for the boat. For security
I have a long cable attached to the motor
and then lock the motor to the dingy. At the dingy dock
the motor gets locked to the dock.